KOFO Local News

OU Christmas Vespers Dec. 7

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on November 18, 2014

OTTAWA — Ottawa University’s annual Christmas Vespers program will be 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, at Fredrikson Chapel. Admission is free.
Tuesday, Nov. 18, 9 a.m.

U.S. 75 roundabout north of Lyndon open

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on November 18, 2014

LYNDON — The new roundabout at the intersection of U.S. 75 and K-31/K-268 in Osage County north of Lyndon is now fully open to unrestricted traffic. While the roundabout is fully open to all traffic from all four directions, some finishing work is still under way, the Kansas Department of Transportation said. KDOT said drivers could experience minimal delays as project work wraps up. A 40 mile-an-hour speed limit through the project work zone will continue until the work is done. KDOT said the final work is expected to be completed later this month.
Tuesday, Nov. 18, 9 a.m.

Baker Candlelight Vespers set

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on November 18, 2014

BALDWIN CITY — Baker University’s 84th annual Christmas Candlelight Vespers program will be 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, at at Rice Auditorium. Admission is free. A reception will be held in the lobby between performances.
Tuesday, Nov. 18, 9 a.m.

New Park Structures

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on November 18, 2014

OTTAWA–Something new for both Forest and Kanza Parks.  The Ottawa Horseshoe Club wants to build a new shelter near the new playground, and a group called Professionals Helping Children will build a new shelter at Kanza Park and a kiosk at the new dog park.

Monday, Nov. 17, 7:20 pm

Winter Weather Advisory in Effect for Most of Saturday

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on November 14, 2014

The snow could begin to fall at around 7:00 a.m. on Saturday morning and conclude at around 4:00 or 5:00 p.m. that afternoon. That’s according to the National Weather Service office in Topeka, which has issued a winter weather advisory for the entire KOFO listening area from 4:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. NWS meteorologist Chad Omitt tells KOFO News that the snow is not expected to be heavy and wet, and only a small amount will fall, it is the first snow storm of the season. Because of that, NWS officials are reminding motorist that plan to be out on Saturday to slow down when conditions warrant. Meanwhile, Miami and Linn Counties will be under a winter weather advisory from 6:00 p.m. until midnight on Saturday night.

Updated 11/14/14 @ 1:25 p.m.

City reorganizes utilities department

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on November 11, 2014

OTTAWA — The city of Ottawa has reorganized the utilities department. The retirement of utilities director Jim Bradley prompted a review of the department, city manager Richard Nienstedt said. Former power plant superintendent Dennis Tharp is the interim utilities director. Water plant superintendent David Buehler will become assistant director of utilities. He will oversee the sewer and water plants, and the water and sewer networks. Jeff Oleson will remain as assistant director of utilities and will oversee the warehouse. About 40 percent of the city’s employees work in the utilities department. Nienstedt said the restructuring should create a more streamlined process and increase and improve communication between department divisions and provide additional training opportunities.
Tuesday, Nov. 11, 4 p.m.

Menninger to be OU’s Hostetter-Defries speaker

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on November 11, 2014

OTTAWA — Famed psychiatrist Walt Menninger will be the speaker for Ottawa University’s annual Hostetter-Defries Family Endowed Cultural Event Nov. 19 and 20 in the Fredrikson Chapel. Menninger will speak at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19 on “Civil Disobedience: High Risk, High Gain?” At 11 a.m. Thursday, he’ll talk on “Adaptation and Morale; Predictable Responses to Change.” Menninger is a third generation member of one of America’s leading medical families. His grandfather, father and uncle established the Menninger Clinic in Topeka in 1925. He served as chief of staff and CEO of the Menninger School of Psychiatry before retiring in 2001 at the age of 70. Menninger continues to consult at the Menninger Clinic, which is now in Houston. Following the assassination of presidential candidate Sen. Robert Kennedy in 1968, Menninger was appointed by Pres. Lyndon Johnson to a 13-member national commission on the causes and prevention of violence. He was the first psychiatrist to be named to a national investigatory commission by a U.S. president. His speeches are free and open to the public.
Tuesday, Nov. 11, 4 p.m.

Barker elected president of Kansas Historical Foundation

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on November 11, 2014

OTTAWA — Franklin County Historical Society executive director Deborah Barker, Ottawa, has been elected president of the Kansas Historical Foundation. The foundation is the fundraising arm of the Kansas State Historical Society and publishes several publications. Earlier this fall, Barker received the Billings MVP Award from the Freedom’s Frontier Historical Area group. Barker was one of the original members of Freedom’s Frontier and helped draw Missouri historians and counties into the group for efforts to remember the Civil War-era Border War involving the two states.
Tuesday, Nov. 11, 4 p.m.

Baker winds concert set

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on November 11, 2014

BALDWIN CITY — The Baker University Symphonic Winds will perform a concert entitled “Journeys in Song,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18, at Rice Auditorium at Baker. The concert will feature the Baker Percussion Ensemble. Admission is free.
Tuesday, Nov. 11, 4 p.m.

To Keep Or Not To Keep

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on November 11, 2014

OTTAWA–The Ottawa School Board is wrestling with a proposal to contract bus service out to a private company as a way to save money.  At the regular board meeting, several board members expressed skepticism about the idea, saying that years ago the District decided to run its own buses because it was cheaper than out-sourcing it.

Monday, Nov. 10, 11:15 pm

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